Carer stole from disabled woman

JONO GALUSZKA
Last updated 13:03 31/01/2014

Relevant offers

Crime

Digger, tools, gun seized in raid Fraudster in position of trust ripped off varsity February date set for Foley murder trial Police defend spraying Jury retires in taxi driver rape trial Overpayment puzzling for centre owner Ex Scout master's victims urged to come forward Charges for armed robbery Maori King: My son didn't get special treatment Police hunt armed, masked bank robber

A Palmerston North woman had a job caring for a severely disabled person, but abused that position to steal from her.

Ruselina Jenerah Hickmott worked for a home care company, and her job was to care for a quadriplegic woman.

She had to get her out of bed, help bathe her and get her to the toilet.

She was in a position of trust with the woman, but on September 27 she abused that position.

Hickmott stole a Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

The phone, worth $800, had $60 credit on it.

A friend of the disabled woman began to suspect Hickmott had stolen it and a search of her bag confirmed those suspicions.

Hickmott pleaded guilty in the Palmerston North District Court yesterday to one charge of theft.

The 19-year-old's defence lawyer Tony Thackery said it was out of character for Hickmott, who had no previous criminal convictions.

She had since found another job and was working 60 hours a week, he said.

Judge Gerard Lynch said the offence was serious.

"The carer has an absolute duty to be honest with such a vulnerable person."

He sentenced Hickmott to 40 hours' community work.

Ad Feedback

- Manawatu Standard

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content